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Summer Panzanella Salad with Sweet Peaches, Watermelon and Fresh Mozzarella

Summer Panzanella Salad
Serves 4

Note: Unlike many of our recipes that get better with time, this one is best served and eaten immediately after preparing.

1 large beefsteak tomato, cut into 1-inch cubes – $2.39
3 cups cubed French bread or boule (1-inch cubes) – $2.49
Pinch of salt – stock
2 Tablespoons olive oil – stock
1 large ripe peach (or nectarine), roughly chopped – $1.16
1 Champagne or Ataulfo mango, chopped (these are slightly more tart than a regular mango, tho that will also work) – $1.50
1½ cups cubed watermelon – $3.49
1½ cups fresh mozzarella, roughly chopped – $5.99
Handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped finely – $1.29

For the vinaigrette:
¼-cup extra virgin olive oil – stock
¼-cup balsamic vinegar – stock
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard – stock
2 tablespoons honey – stock
Grand total assuming “well-stocked” kitchen: $18.31
Cost per serving: $4.57

1. Cube the tomato; place in a colander to drain until ready to assemble the salad.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over med-low heat. Add the bread and salt; cook for 10 minutes, flipping frequently, until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.

3. In a lidded glass container, combine vinaigrette ingredients and shake vigorously.

4. Combine peaches, watermelon, mango, basil, mozzarella in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and toasted bread. Toss with a few spoonfuls of vinaigrette and serve immediately (err on the side of under-dressing the salad).